About Us

The Division of Workforce Development (DWD) provides leadership for recruiting, training, developing and retaining the nation’s public health workforce. In this role, we chart a path forward at all levels of the public health system.

  • Prospective public health professionals: We establish and advance innovative experiential fellowship, internship, and training opportunities that are both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.
  • Current public health professionals: We offer and promote quality training opportunities from CDC, other federal agencies, and federally funded partners.
  • Health departments and public health partners: We provide capacity building and technical assistance, support and lead efforts to build the evidence-base for public health workforce planning and development at the national level, and collaborate with partners to address workforce priorities.
  • CDC programs: We ensure efforts are coordinated and strategic agency-wide.

Who We Are

Meet our Director: Patricia M. Simone, MD

Education and Training Services Branch

Chief: Gabrielle (Gaby) Benenson, MPH

  • Helps CDC programs and partners get quality, accredited training activities to the public health workforce
  • Designs, accredits, promotes, and delivers learning opportunities for health professionals to improve health

Epidemiology and Workforce Branch

Chief: Eric Pevzner, PhD, MPH

  • Provides applied training and service programs for future and current public health professionals
  • Focus areas: Epidemiology and laboratory science

Population Health Workforce Branch

Chief: Kyle T Bernstein, PhD ScM

  • Provides experiential service-learning opportunities for fellows and training in place opportunities for the existing workforce
  • Focus areas: Data science and applied public health sciences

Connect With Us

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